Renovating your bathroom

Before you start deciding on the specifics of what you want for your bathroom finishes and bathroom fixtures, there are a few things to do beforehand. First, you need to get the basics in order. Then you can go ahead and map out your existing bathroom and start making decisions. Bathroom interior designers can help you with a plan. 

 

Does your bathroom need to be child-friendly; do you want it to include a separate toilet or not?

 

Many bathrooms will have enough space to have a separate shower and bathtub. A popular trend for apartment dwellers is to get rid of the bathtub altogether, in favour of a wet room that you can walk into. With small kids and babies, it may be easier to bath them, instead of trying to keep them in the shower. Having to accommodate grandchildren or your children, for example, could make having a bathtub the top priority. Depending on your property, there is also the possibility of affecting the future resale value if there is no bath.

 

Ensuites are a little different, and you need to think carefully about the choices you make when it comes to renovating, mainly if you are getting rid of the bath altogether. If the bathroom is tiny, but you still want to include a tub, then consider a shower over the bath option.

 

 

Do you have elderly in the home or older people that visit often?

A walk-in wet room is a simple, accessible solution for older kids and adults, especially seniors. As people get older, they can find getting inside a bathtub difficult and unsafe. If you want your bathroom renovation to last a lifetime, then you need to consider this, especially if you are not as young as you used to be.

 

Are you concerned about water conservation? Is your area affected by water restrictions?

The fashionable and practical idea of having many showerheads will not be the best option if you need to conserve water. You might need to look into a shower head that has modern technology and is suitable for water-saving. There are even toilets that are more efficient in water-saving and only use half the water than other toilets do.

 

Do you need bench space and storage?

Some people only need a small amount of storage, whereas large families would need more. Something like a little vanity on the wall can be enough, whereas others may need cupboard space and plenty of bench storage space. If you are a frequent hair dryer user or hair straightener fan, then you are going to need bench space and power points with easy access. Do you want cupboards underneath the bench space for towels or personal item storage? Even if you have a tiny bathroom, you can still have plenty of storage space by bringing in a compact vanity package. They are narrow in profile but can offer plenty of storage space. Face level storage has been identified as one of the best forms of storage for items like make-up, nail polish and hair styling products.

 

These are all things that you need to think about before you make any decisions. Think through your interior design style and plans thoroughly. You don’t want to make rushed choices that do not work out, or you may end up regretting the look of your newly renovated bathroom.

 

Bathroom renovations are not cheap, so ensure that you take time to research everything. Think about talking to others who have renovated a bathroom to give you some tips and lessons they have learnt. When styling your bathroom, make sure that it is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also functional.

 

 

McKinnley James

Author: McKinnley James

Renovations expert for over 15 years and avid blogger.

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